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D-Link DHP-601AV 600Mbps Powerline Starter Kit Review

D-Link DHP-601AV 600Mbps Powerline Starter Kit Review

The DHP-601AV from D-Link offers up 600Mbps of Powerline connectivity. Read on as we explore the performance and work out if it's worth buying or not.

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Tyler Bernath
Published Fri, Apr 25 2014 9:00 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Apr 7 2020 12:32 PM CDT
Rating: 85%Manufacturer: D-Link
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Powerline networking has evolved over the last few years to become a reliable solution to extending wired networks across your home. With powerline solutions, we can move our wired networks from floor to floor in our homes without the need for drilling and fishing Cat-5 cables through walls and floors.

The D-Link 601AV is a powerline solution capable of delivering 600Mbps through your home's existing electrical lines. Each of the endpoints feature gigabit Ethernet connectivity while also supporting power save mode for low energy consumption. When the powerline adapters are at work, D-Link says they consume just 3.7 watts.

MSRP of the D-Link DHP-601AV is set at $99.99 with a one-year warranty.

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The DHP-601AV kit came packaged in the standard egg crate. Here you can see both endpoints.

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Scope of delivery included a quick install guide, two Ethernet cables, and two adapters.

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Looking at the front of the unit, we find a set of LEDs denoting power, quality of your home electrical connection, and LAN connectivity.

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The bottom of the adapter house the gigabit LAN connections next to the pairing button.

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The back houses the standard plug used in the USA.

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Here is the testing layout for the chart that follows.

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The DHP-601AV came in at 168Mbps at location one and 123Mbps at location two. When we moved the second endpoint to location three, we found the D-Link to carry the worst throughput at 70.6Mbps.

The D-Link DHP-601AV is a great solution for those wanting to extend their wired network without the ability to run massively long lengths of Cat-5. Yours results will certainly vary based on the quality and age of your home's electrical wiring along with the amount of junctions and devices plugged in.

Build quality of the 601AV kit was pretty good; the plastic housings of the endpoints felt quite good and durable, and the LED lights were enough to let me know the status of the units.

Performance in our testing was good, but it could have been better. This, as stated above, could directly reflect the quality of wiring in my own home, so we shall look for a better solution in testing devices like these. At its peak, we were able to reach 168 Mbps at location one and 70 Mbps at the furthest location.

MSRP of the D-Link DHP-601AV is set at $99.99 with a one-year warranty. Current market pricing can be found below.

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United States: The D-Link DHP-601AV retails for $88.99 at Amazon.

Canada: The D-Link DHP-601AV retails for CDN$99.99 at Amazon Canada.

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Growing up in a small farm town, tech wasn't around, unless it was in a tractor. At an early age, Tyler's parents brought home their first PC. Tyler was hooked and learned what it meant to format a HDD, spending many nights reinstalling Windows 95. Tyler's love and enthusiast nature always kept his PC nearby. Eager to get deeper into tech, he started reviewing.

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